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Discussion in 'Ask A Macgregor Owner' started by Sock Puppet, Sep 28, 2013. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. BudGates

    BudGates

    Joined Apr 19, 2012
    987 posts, 102 likes
    Macgregor 26d
    US Ridgecrest CA
    Thank you for the info. Something most of us wouldn't have thought of. The settees would also create a vapor barrier keeping most of the fog away from the colder fiberglass.
     


  2. macgregor_sailor

    macgregor_sailor

    Joined Jul 3, 2017
    15 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26D
    Ca Windsor on Canada Wheatly ON Canada
    A bit of a mile stone. Page 100. Congrats to all the contributors since the thread started in 2013.
     


  3. ghochgraf

    ghochgraf

    Joined May 18, 2017
    26 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US durham NH Piscataqua
    Who needs a dinghy when you've got a Mac Gregor?
    We sailed Portsmouth to Boston recently. Heading back, approaching storms sent us scurrying into Essex MA and cranes beach. We anchored close to the beach and the morning low tide left us with about 4 inches of water. Eclipse leaned over nicely and we walked to the beach.
    The first photo shows one of two anchors in the foreground. The second is us returning two hours later.
     

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  4. Sumner

    Sumner

    Joined Jan 31, 2009
    4,891 posts, 96 likes
    Macgregor 26S/Endeavour 37 .
    US Utah's Canyon Country
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    Cool picture!!

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    I miss-judged the tide once in the Bahamas but it was a sand bottom so no problem. Before it was on the bottom, I was worried that the boat might swing into the rocks slightly behind the boat, but once it grounded it didn't swing anywhere ;). I waded the anchors out further and when the tide came in pulled the boat out a little more.

    Sumner
    ====================================================================
    1300 miles to The Bahamas and Back in the Mac...
    Endeavour 37 Mods...
    MacGregor 26-S Mods...
    Mac Trips to Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Canada, Florida, Bahamas
     


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  5. walt

    walt

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    2,990 posts, 228 likes
    Macgregor 26S Hobie TI, Capri Coronado 15
    US Denver, Colorado
    Nice picts of the boat when the tide goes out. I noticed that the outboard is up when you do that.. which is probably a REAL good idea LOL...

    This winter Im going to keep an inflatable SUP stored up in the Vberth while the boat is slipped at the marina. I never need a dingy at this lake as we always bring the stern of the boat up tied to the shore with a bow anchor in the water so you can just walk off the boat using the ladder. But.. the SUP will be fun for when we are boat camping and also to just go down the marina and paddle around.. get some exercise.

    Ive used the inflatable SUP a bunch of times now and I like the workout but its a little unstable (at least for me) when it gets at all windy. However it sit down rows fairly well no matter how rough the water with a conventional kayak paddle. A friend told me they use a folding "stadium chair" to sit down paddle the SUP.. so I picked one up. I sewed a couple straps right where the chair folds and these are tied to some D rings that came with the SUP. The stadium chair will always stay attached. I flip it back for when I want to stand up paddle and flip it forward and open the seat for when I want to kayak. This thing doesnt paddle as well as a sea kayak. but it paddles fairly well and is fairly comfy doing so.. good enough for being able to keep it on the boat all the time and completely out of the way when deflated. Last picture.. earlier I had mentioned towing the SUP between Two Harbors and Avalon along the Catalina Island coast.. The SUP towed like it wasnt there and no drama.
    sup_seat1s.jpg sup_seat2s.jpg extra2s.jpg
     


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  6. macgregor_sailor

    macgregor_sailor

    Joined Jul 3, 2017
    15 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26D
    Ca Windsor on Canada Wheatly ON Canada
    I wondered how well the Mac would sit if the tide ran out. Looks nice and stable.
     


  7. ghochgraf

    ghochgraf

    Joined May 18, 2017
    26 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US durham NH Piscataqua
    Yes, make sure the motor is up and the ladder. Rudder and centerboard too of course.
     


  8. ghochgraf

    ghochgraf

    Joined May 18, 2017
    26 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US durham NH Piscataqua
    Eclipse got a pair of chocks on the bow. I couldn't get underneath for nuts and washers, so I found stainless toggles. Vinyl board brings the chocks up to flush with the deck and 5200 seals it all up.
     

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  9. macgregor_sailor

    macgregor_sailor

    Joined Jul 3, 2017
    15 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26D
    Ca Windsor on Canada Wheatly ON Canada
    Nice work. Just wondering, where did you source the vinyl board and what we're its dimensions?
     


  10. walt

    walt

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    2,990 posts, 228 likes
    Macgregor 26S Hobie TI, Capri Coronado 15
    US Denver, Colorado
    Denver Colorado a few hours ago, The "other" sailing season starts in about a month
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  11. ghochgraf

    ghochgraf

    Joined May 18, 2017
    26 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US durham NH Piscataqua
    Vinyl board, also called cellular vinyl trim board, or Azek (brand) is available at nearly every lumber yard. Generally available 3/4" thick, in widths from 4" to 12" wide. Cuts with ordinary woodworking tools, and won't rot. Slather the mating surface with 5200 and screw it down securely. I use it for all sorts of things. It takes paint well, can be fiberglassed over. Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 9.25.43 PM.png
     


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  12. ghochgraf

    ghochgraf

    Joined May 18, 2017
    26 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US durham NH Piscataqua
    Next summer we plan to do some canaling on the Erie, intermixed with sailing the various bodies of water that it connects to. A boom tent is indicated. Eclipse has a bimini on the stern, but we'll need more shade than that, plus the ability to proceed in inclement weather. IMG_2717.JPG It's made of a plastic tarp, which is cheap enough, but rather hard to work with. Here you see it from bimini to mast, with sides snapped down to the hull. IMG_2714.JPG
    The sides can be unsnapped and tied up with toggles and loops, plus the forward extension from cockpit to mast can be rolled up and tied with toggles. Versatile. IMG_2720.JPG
    Then I rigged a mosquito net (designed for a camping cot) over the cockpit. You can also see the cockpit boards which make for a flat space for sleeping.
    I guess it's not technically a boom tent, as it doesn't utilize the boom for structure. Instead it hangs on nylon webbing from the bimini to the forward stanchions This way it can also be employed when the mast is prone.
     


  13. walt

    walt

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    2,990 posts, 228 likes
    Macgregor 26S Hobie TI, Capri Coronado 15
    US Denver, Colorado
    We beach camp during the winter with the 26S and its nice to have a camp fire.. I just picked this portable fire pit up and tried it out this morning. Seemed to work fine and nothing melted. The legs all fold up and it fits in a bag along with a grate and the mesh cover. I think it only weighs a little over 10 pounds but its also somewhat flimsy. The fire pit will live in the bag stashed up in the Vberth area.

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  14. Sumner

    Sumner

    Joined Jan 31, 2009
    4,891 posts, 96 likes
    Macgregor 26S/Endeavour 37 .
    US Utah's Canyon Country
    I think you will really like the chocks on the bow.

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    http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/macgregor2/rigging-18.html

    I use mine any time there is going to be a big blow and don't want the strain on the anchor roller.

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    http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/macgregor2/rigging-17.html

    If you cut a hole in the V-berth you can gain access to that area but it is still hard working there....

    Sumner
    ===================================================================
    1300 miles to The Bahamas and Back in the Mac...
    Endeavour 37 Mods...

    MacGregor 26-S Mods...
    Mac Trips to Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Canada, Florida, Bahamas
     


  15. ghochgraf

    ghochgraf

    Joined May 18, 2017
    26 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US durham NH Piscataqua
    Has anyone else noticed cracks and leakage from the seam between the motor well and the transom? I get water into the lazaret with every rain. So one day while it was raining I climbed inside. Indeed the worst leaks were from this joint. Gotta fix it!
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    Removal of the trim 'U' involves drilling out the rivets, and prying it off.
    IMG_2741.JPG
    After carving away a thick layer of putty/goo, followed by chiseling out what appears to be fiberglass resin with no glass in it - just brittle resin, and cleanup with a random orbit sander.
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    I filled it in with shredded fiberglass (what to do with leftover scraps) and epoxy.
    Once this cures I can put the trim back on.
     


  16. macgregor_sailor

    macgregor_sailor

    Joined Jul 3, 2017
    15 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26D
    Ca Windsor on Canada Wheatly ON Canada
    Your work looks great. If performed similar surgery. The trim was also in rough shape and a replacement was made using thin wall PVC pipe and a heat gun. After pop riveting it all back together the leaks were gone.
     


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  17. macgregor_sailor

    macgregor_sailor

    Joined Jul 3, 2017
    15 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26D
    Ca Windsor on Canada Wheatly ON Canada
    A quick pic of the finished job. EA4F4886-7E7D-4F21-AA15-356074136F13.jpeg
     


  18. My Mistress

    My Mistress

    Joined Nov 30, 2015
    169 posts, 21 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US San Antonio Lakehills, Tx
    Now you have me wondering! "Mistress" had about 1/2 inch of water in the aft laz when I bought her. Way less than was in the storage areas under the aft bunk. I just took it as condensation build up since she had been stored outside and was covered with snow. She has been under cover since. It may be high time to follow your lead just to be safe!
     


  19. walt

    walt

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    2,990 posts, 228 likes
    Macgregor 26S Hobie TI, Capri Coronado 15
    US Denver, Colorado
    Heading to Lake Havasu next week for the winter where Im excited to start on some projects with my old Mac 26S. Projects are half the fun!

    These pictures are all old but I ran across them the other day. I like high aspect foils. You need to keep water moving across them as they stall easier but they are also efficient. You can bring the centerboard up almost all the way and turn it into a very low aspect foil that is much less likely to stall for maneuvering at slow speeds in a marina. The first picture is one I saved off the internet.. dont know who took it. I took the underwater pictures a couple years ago when I moved the centerboard control to the cockpit.
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  20. Bfranchini

    Bfranchini

    Joined Nov 8, 2014
    135 posts, 11 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    Ca Chateauguay, Quebec Chateauguay
    Project Creep!
    I was going to change the brakes on Egret's (Mac 26S) trailer from hydraulic to electric. Despite the assurances of the PO (previous owner) that the trailer was in top shape, the brake system was allowed to dry and rust!
    Since it seems that the main point of failure of those 30 year old boat trailers is the axle, I decided to change that as well. Axles are inexpensive and the cost of the new setup was still lower than the cost of repairing the old hydraulic system.
    While removing the axle I decided to remove the springs to check out their condition... Everything was seized solid, almost welded by rust so I cut the bolts on the front spring hanger and... The spring fell off!! The rear eye had broken off and the whole thing was basically just resting on the frame held by gravity. Some dummy had welded the eye to the shackle plates that are supposed to swing free, the stress cracked the eye. Same issue on the other side. So now I had to buy new springs because they didn't look too good and, in any case, the bolts were welded solid by rust. Springs are the second most common point of failure. I also had to buy new hangers and shackles for the springs! Lucky I have a good little welder and I'll be able to install them after cutting out the old ones I will also bolt them on for good measure. All this is done with Egret sitting comfortably on the trailer!
    All in all the expense didn't amount to much, approximately $600 CAD including 125$ of UPS charges. All I can say is thank God we didn't take Egret to New Brunswick as we had planned.
     


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